Holy Week and Easter Day were wonderful this year at St Chrysostom’s and on Easter Day Fr Ian thanks everyone who had worked so well to make it so. We showed ourselves, and others, a wonderful example of Christian team work to the Glory of God! And it was gratifying to have good congregations attending – and what an impressive number at Easter Day Mass!
We invited a few people to share special moments from Holy Week and Easter. Here are some of the comments we received:
- Good Friday was particularly meaningful for me this year, we both enjoyed the joyfulness of the Easter Vigil and being part of a church family again after several years of wilderness, the churchwardens delivery of St Chrysostom’s Easter sermon was a joy to behold!
- My special moments this year are: Fr Ian’s Maundy Thursday sermon…and the cleaning party on Holy Saturday morning!
- I found reading the part of Mary at Maria Desolata very moving and very painful. Maria Consolata felt very healing and left me with a peaceful sense of joy. Death cannot win.
- For me the bells during the Glorias on Maundy Thursday and the Great Easter Vigil always move me to tears. As well as the intimate time of prayer I had in front of the altar of repose, these are moments that make Holy Week so poignant and Holy for meamentations sung at Tenebrae (Thank you Fliss) and Andrew during the Easter Vigil presenting the Alleluia to be sung.
And a final comment, from Fr Chris It’s been a wonderful and special Holy Week this year – people were so happy and full of Easter Joy yesterday morning, and so much teamwork and camaraderie. Thanks be to God in all things…as I believe our Patron says, and thanks be for our church community!